Earlier this week, The Pas MLA Amanda Lathlin Addressed the Manitoba Legislature with a few questions regarding the Norway House compensation package for damage caused by flooding in the community.
According to Lathlin, part of the adverse effects agreement between Manitoba Hydro, Norway House Community Council, and the Manitoba Government where they signed an advanced agreement last year as part of the compensation package. Since the agreement was signed the community has not heard anything from the Provincial Government.
When Lathlin asked why the government has not responded to the communities concerns, Minister of Crown Services Cliff Cullen responded by saying Manitoba hydro is at the crossroads and they will be going through a rate review process. Lathlin added that the compensation of Norway House includes much needed land for housing, and economic development and there is no reason to delay the completion of this nearly finished process and she asked if the Government will implement this agreement to help Norway House grow their economy.
Cullen responded by saying the government is very proud of the consultations that they have had with the first nations communities which is very important as they develop all of Manitoba. He added that there has been a lot of discussion with individual communities of The North and would like to ensure that these discussions and consultations will continue. The Norway House community council mayor and the chief administrative officer were present in the gallery where they had hoped to meet with Premier Pallister to ask what he is going to resolve these ongoing issues. It is not known if they met with Pallister or not.